Philo Alto is the founder and CEO of Asia Value Advisors (AVA), a purpose-driven philanthropic capital advisory firm based in Hong Kong. Through bespoke advisory services, convening, and research, AVA seeks to inform and inspire individuals and organizations to create sustainable impacts.
His work included advising the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust on program curation for its inaugural Philanthropy for Better Cities forum in September 2016 with 60 globally-renowned speakers and attracting over 1,300 delegates. Previously, he co-organized an impact investing forum in Hong Kong for East and South East Asia with the Rockefeller Foundation which adopted an ecosystem approach in developing the impact investing market.
Alto has also co-authored two publications: “Mind the Gap: Lessons and Findings from EngageHK” and “Adopting the London Principles: Policy Considerations to Grow Impact Investing in Hong Kong”. His work has been referenced in the media such as Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alliance magazine, and the book, “The Power of Impact Investing”. Philo was recently appointed as a member of the global editorial advisory board for Alliance magazine.
Alto received his MBA and MPA from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. He is an investment banker by training (Goldman Sachs and Citibank alumnus) prior to founding AVA. His voluntary engagements include serving as a director and community engagement lead of the Harvard Club of HK, global advisor of Social Ventures HK, and an officer of the HBS Association of HK.
Jane Barratt is the Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA), which comprises government, industry, academic and non-governmental members in over 70 countries, representing some 75 million older people. The IFA is a global point of connection for experts and expertise that help to shape and influence age-related policy globally.
Barratt has direct responsibility for the organization’s global operational performance, quality and strategic implementation, and business development. This includes leadership at the United Nations Economic and Social Council in New York, Geneva and Vienna and formal relations with the WHO Department Ageing and Life-course.
She has many national and international roles, including Chair, Standing Selection Committee Chair for the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada and is a former member of the Global Agenda Council on Ageing for the World Economic Forum.
Naina Batra joined AVPN as our Chairperson and CEO from September 2013. Naina’s leadership over the past 4 years has grown the AVPN membership by 169% and elevated the organization into a truly regional force for good. Under her direction, the organization has grown from focusing only on Venture Philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of Social Funders from philanthropists to impact investors and Corporate CSR professionals. She was instrumental in developing AVPN’s innovative services that connect, empower and educate the now 400+ members of AVPN.
Prior to joining AVPN, Batra was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit of The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalyzing markets for social change. Batra was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art with a view to provide a medium for upcoming and established Indian artists to showcase their work directly to a large and diverse audience.
Batra has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a bachelor degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA and a General Course Diploma in economics from The London School of Economics.
Michael Berkowitz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in August 2013 to shape and oversee the 100 Resilient Cities, a project pioneered by the foundation. Previously, he was the Global Head of Operational Risk Management (ORM) at Deutsche Bank. In that capacity, he oversaw the firm’s operational risk capital planning efforts, served as a primary regulatory contact, and connected the myriad operational risk management efforts groupwide. Earlier at Deutsche Bank he held operational risk management positions in New York, Mumbai, Singapore and London. Before joining Deutsche Bank, he was Deputy Commissioner at the Office of Emergency Management in New York City, where he worked on major planning initiatives, including coastal-storm, biological-terrorism, and transit-strike contingency plans. During his tenure there he was involved with the City’s responses to the 1999 outbreak of West Nile fever, Tropical Storm Floyd, major flooding in Southern Queens (1999), the crashes of SwissAir 111 and American Airlines 587, the 2003 Northeast blackout, and the 2001 anthrax incidents and World Trade Center disaster.
Bernard Charnwut Chan is a deputy to the National People’s Congress of China, a non-official member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council (2004-09 and from 2012) and (from 2017) the Convenor of the Non-Official Members of the Executive Council. He is also a former member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (1998-2008).
A graduate of Pomona College in California, he is the President of Asia Financial Holdings and Asia Insurance. He is Chairman of the Hong Kong – Thailand Business Council and an advisor to Bangkok Bank (China) Co. Ltd. He sits on the boards of several local and overseas companies in the financial services and manufacturing sectors. He also joined the governing board of the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund in Hong Kong.
Among his public service activities, he is Chairman of the Hong Kong Palace Museum Ltd., Chairperson of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Ltd. Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food and Chairman of the Steering Committee on Restored Landfill Revitalisation Funding Scheme. Past positions include Chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development, Chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Revitalisation of Historic Buildings, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Judicial Salaries and Condition of Service as well as Council Chair of Lingnan University.
He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2002, and a Commander (3rd Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand in 2004. In 2006, he was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government. He has been conferred honorary degrees from Lingnan University, City University of Hong Kong and the Open University of Hong Kong.
Norman Chan was appointed Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) on 1 October 2009. Mr Chan joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer in 1976 and became an Executive Director of the HKMA when it was established in 1993. From 1996 to 2005, Mr Chan served as Deputy Chief Executive of the HKMA.
From December 2005 to June 2007, Mr Chan was Vice Chairman, Asia of Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to rejoining the HKMA, Mr Chan was Director of the Chief Executive’s Office of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government from July 2007 to July 2009. He was the Founding Chairman of the policy think tank, the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre established in 2006.
Professor Stephen Cheung Yan-leung graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a major in Mathematics. He received his PhD in Statistics from the University of Paris VI, and a PhD in Finance from the University of Strathclyde. Professor Cheung is highly active in academic research, focusing on corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and financial market development, and publishes widely in international refereed journals.
Professor Cheung has actively participated in a wide range of community services. He chairs the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund Task Force and the Supervisory Committee of the Asian Bond Fund Hong Kong Bond Index Fund of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and serves as a member of the Commission on Poverty. He is also a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Bonnie Chiu is the Founder and CEO of non-profit social enterprise Lensational, which equips marginalised women with photography training and digital skills. Since being launched in 2013, the organisation has expanded to a team of 120 volunteers and taught photography to 800 women across 21 developing countries, establishing partnerships with Getty Images, Standard Chartered and Colgate. She is also Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy, an international strategy consultancy dedicated to helping organisations maximise their social impact, with offices in London, Hong Kong, Milan, Dubai and the Ivory Coast.
Chiu is a Trustee of Student Hubs, a national charity that catalyses social action in universities, and is on the Global Alumni Advisory Board of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She holds a Bachelor in Global Business Studies from CUHK and a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics. in 2017, she was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in Europe. She writes for Forbes on gender and diversity and is a frequent speaker on social entrepreneurship, having been invited to speak in 14 countries and given 2 TEDx talks.
Steve Ciesinski is president of Silicon Valley-based SRI International, one of the world’s leading independent research and development organizations. SRI’s innovations have led to new products, businesses and industries that impact people’s lives every day—from the computer mouse, interactive computing and Siri, to HDTV, medical ultrasound, drugs for cancer and infectious diseases, and many more.
At SRI, Ciesinski and his colleagues work with large companies, universities, governments and the start-up community on breakthrough technologies and product development, new business/venture formation, and design of regional or national entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Previously, Ciesinski held executive management positions with Applied Materials, the global manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment; Octel Communications, the worldwide leader in voice-messaging products; Resumix, the inventor of Web-based personnel recruiting applications; and Laszlo Systems, a pioneer in Web 2.0 software. He started his career at Procter & Gamble, was a consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and also served as a venture partner with Earlybird Ventures.
Ciesinski is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Union College. He is also past chairman of The President’s Cabinet at California Polytechnic State University.
Steve is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with emphasis on courses in entrepreneurship in developing economies.
He is a graduate of Union College with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Modern Languages, and received an MBA from Stanford University.
Ciesinski, his wife, and their two sons are founders of the Kalele Foundation, dedicated to providing character and self-esteem development experiences for disadvantaged children.
Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker is President & CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, an organization dedicated to connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York.
As the chief executive officer at the Community Foundation, Dedecker has led a focused growth and impact strategy. Under her leadership the Community Foundation has facilitated numerous public/private sector collaborations focused on systems change. These efforts have addressed issues such as school readiness, post-secondary attainment, lead-poisoning prevention and environmental stewardship. Most recently, Dedecker oversaw the Community Foundation’s effort to launch the Say Yes to Education initiative and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.
Other service highlights include a White House appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, U.S. Committee co-chair of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer and president of the Association of Junior Leagues International. Dedecker has served on numerous boards. Current service includes Foundation Center, FSG and the Global Fund for Community Foundations.
Dedecker’s work has been recognized by many including the Points of Light Foundation, the Governor’s Award for Service, the President’s Award for Service and Buffalo News Citizen of The Year. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, native of Cuba.
She speaks frequently on the role of philanthropy, community impact and nonprofit governance.
Paula DiPerna is a strategic global environmental and philanthropic policy advisor as well as author, with special interest in environmental finance. She is currently a Special Advisor to CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of Global Kids, whose mission is to develop global citizenship, and on the Circle of Advisors of Rachel’s Network, which links women philanthropists who have environmental interests.
DiPerna previously served as President of the International Division of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the world’s first cap-and-trade system covering all six greenhouse gases, which spearheaded the founding of China’s first pilot carbon market, the Tianjin Climate Exchange,. She also served as President of the Joyce Foundation, a major US philanthrop organisation; Executive Vice President for Recruitment and Public Policy of CCX; and Vice President for International Affairs of the Cousteau Society, where she also wrote numerous award-winning television documentary films.
DiPerna is a frequent public speaker and media commentator and a widely published author of books and articles. She has served as a consultant for LEAD International, which fosters emerging leaders, and is a Fellow of the Eisenhower Fellowship, also a global leadership network. She was awarded a Bellagio Center residency by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2015 and served as a Visiting Fellow at Civic Exchange in Hong Kong in 2018. She is also a cmember of the Women’s Forum of New York City and the US Council on Foreign Relations.
Paul Grogan serves as President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. Under Grogan’s leadership, the Foundation has become a highly influential civic convener, has boosted fundraising, launched high-impact initiatives and merged with The Philanthropic Initiative, a philanthropic advisory service.
Grogan joined the Boston Foundation from Harvard University, where he served as Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs.
Grogan’s passion for cities began in Boston where he served Mayors Kevin White and Raymond Flynn. He went on to serve as CEO at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). During his term, LISC raised and invested more than $3 billion across America and contributed to notable policy successes, including the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, which alone has helped finance 3 million affordable rental units since 1986.Mr. Grogan is a founder and director of The Community Development Trust (CDT), the first real estate investment trust dedicated to affordable housing in the United States. Last year alone, CDT invested and leveraged nearly $750 million to construct or preserve over 4,000 units of below market rate housing. He is the co-author, with Tony Proscio, of the book, Comeback Cities.
Grogan holds a bachelors degree from Williams College and a masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has been named as one of America’s Top 25 Disruptive Leaders by Living Cities and was awarded a Bicentennial Medal from Williams College.
Sophie Healy-Thow is a youth activist who promotes food security, gender equality and anti-bullying. She is on the UK Board of the leading international charity ActionAid and is an Ambassador for both the ONE Campaign and ISPCC.
Healy-Thow was selected by the UN to be a Youth Leader for Zero Hunger at the UN General Assembly in 2015. In 2017 she represented Ireland at the bi-annual Youth Ag Summit where she co-founded Agrikua, an online platform to promote women in agriculture in developing countries. In 2017 she was invited to participate in the inaugural UNleash Innovation Lab in Denmark, working to find solutions to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
A regular speaker at international events, Healy-Thow most recently spoke at the GAIN/WHO conference in Geneva on “Adolescents: Agents of Change for a Well-nourished World”, an expert study of nutrition programming for the next generation. She has also made presentations at events such as The European Development Days, WE Day UK, the Irish Aid Awards, the Thought for Food Conference and Philanthropy Ireland’s “Shape Tomorrow’s World Today” Conference.
Healy-Thow is one of the 10 women leaders featured in the Disney book Choose to Matter by Olympic medallist and ESPN presenter Julie Foudy, which encourages young women to find the leader within.
A past Google Science Fair and European Union Young Scientist winner, she was named by TIME magazine as one of the most influential teens of 2014. She studies International Development and Food Policy at University College, Cork.
James J. Heckman is the Henry Shultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at the University of Chicago. He has devoted his professional life to understanding the origins of major social and economic questions related to inequality, social mobility, discrimination, and the formation of skills and regulation in labor markets, as well as to devising and applying economically interpretable empirical strategies for understanding and addressing these questions. Heckman has published over 300 articles and 9 books on these topics. Heckman is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, the John Bates Clark Medal, the Jacob Mincer Award, the Dennis Aigner Award, the Ulysses Medal, the Theodore W. Schultz Award, the Gold Medal of the President of the Italian Republic, the Frisch Medal, the Dan David Prize, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.
Wael Hmaidan is the Executive Director of CAN International, the largest network of International and national NGOs working on climate change with 20 offices around the world. He is also expert advisor to the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of 48 developing countries working on climate change. His work in CAN is to develop and coordinate the global strategy of the network on climate change. Hmaidan also advises various other governments, UN Agencies, and other institutions on climate change policy. He is a regular speaker on climate change in various forums, including UNFCCC, UN General Assembly, UNDP, UNEP, OECD, etc. Hmaidan has more than 20 years of experience in climate change policy. His work on this issue started in his capacity as the Greenpeace campaigner for the Arab World, where he helped established the energy and marine protection campaign in the region. He has been attending all international climate change negotiations for the past eight years, and two years of those as a lead negotiator for the Lebanese government. Hmaidan obtained a Global Executive MBA degree from INSEAD.
Executive Director of the annual Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) since 2006, Tisa Ho has increased annual turnover and extended the scope of HKAF programming to include large scale and site specific productions.
Her previous work includes policy and infrastructure planning, including brief development for Singapore’s Esplanade and oversight of government owned venues; marketing and curatorial responsibilities for the Singapore Arts Festival; and management of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Victoria Concert Hall during which she helped to set up the Alliance of Asia-Pacific Region Orchestras and the Singapore International Piano Festival, and built the first Open Air performance stage on Symphony Lake at the Botanic Gardens. As Chair of the HK Arts Administrators’ Association, she initiated the annual Cultural Leadership Summit, which remains an annual highlight for professional arts managers in the region.
Ms Ho is a Member of the Performing Arts Committee of the West Kowloon Cultural District and of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts of The Education University of Hong Kong. International positions include faculty of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy and the Lisbon Consortium in Portugal; Chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Festival and Concert Hall in Tong Yeong, S Korea; and Chair-Elect of the Board of the International Society for Performing Arts headquartered in New York, USA.
A London School of Economics graduate, Safeena Husain is the Founder and Executive Director of the international award-winning non-profit organisation Educate Girls.
Founded in 2007, Educate Girls partners with the Indian Government in boosting student development in public schools through community ownership, ensuring improved enrolment and the retention of girls and learning outcomes for all children.
Since its inception, Educate Girls has consistently scaled up its operations and presently works in 21,000 government-run primary schools spread across 15 districts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. With support from the government and the community, the organisation has enrolled over 200,000 out-of-school girls, achieving over 90% retention, and has improved learning outcomes for over 650,000 children so far.
Yana Kakar is the Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Global Development Advisors. In this role, Yana stewards the firm’s global strategy and oversees activities across Dalberg’s 17 offices worldwide.
In her client work, Kakar advises leaders across the public, philanthropic, and private sectors on inclusive business strategies, economic development, and investment in emerging and frontier markets. Kakar has led teams across Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.
Kakar is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). She serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and is a member of the Frontier Markets Council for the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). Yana also serves on the Boards of Convergence, Speak Up Africa and Agora Fund.
Prior to joining Dalberg, Kakar was with the Boston Consulting Group, VISA International, Women’s World Banking, and Arthur D. Little. She holds a BA from McGill University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Alexandre Kalache is the current Co-President of the International Longevity Centres Global Alliance (ILC-GA), a seventeen-country consortium of think tanks on ageing with consultative status to the United Nations. He shares the Presidency of the ILC-GA with Dr Mary Anne Tsao who heads ILC-Singapore and the Tsao Foundation. Dr Kalache has been a protagonist on world-wide ageing policy issues for four decades as both academic (at the Universities of Oxford and London; 1975-1995) and as international civil servant. It was in the latter role as Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) global programme on ageing (1995-2008) that he instigated the Age-friendly Cities movement with the launch of the WHO Age-friendly Cities Guide (2007) and the policy document that informed it, the WHO Active Ageing Policy Framework (2002; revised in 2015). Dr Kalache is involved in the implementation of specific age-friendly initiatives in a range of urban locations worldwide from mega-cities to small municipalities. He advises governments at the national, state and municipal levels, as well as private foundations and businesses worldwide on ageing policy initiatives. His interests go beyond urban planning to such areas as age-friendly hospitals, universities and hotels. He serves on a variety of boards for such bodies as the World Economic Forum (WEF), Oxford University, WHO, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation. He also represents HelpAge International (HAI) as their Global Ambassador. Dr Kalache is a national of Brazil and founded ILC-Brazil in his birth city of Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and additionally serves as its inaugural President.
Elizabeth is the Country Director, China for the Ford Foundation overseeing grant-making and operations. Elizabeth first moved to China in 1998 to be the American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center after ten years at the National Committee on US-China Relations. She then spent 11 years in the private sector as president of Pearson Education; Chief Representative, Pearson Group; and Managing Director, Kamsky Associates. She studied Chinese at Middlebury from 1979-82, including six months in Taiwan in 1981. She received her MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan. Elizabeth sits on several not-for-profit boards, including the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the National Committee on US-China Relations.
Lau Ming Wai is the Director of MWYO, a youth-oriented think tank. He is also the Chairman of Chinese Estates Holdings Limited and the Vice Chairman of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, an independent policy think tank.
Mr. Lau is active in public affairs. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Youth Development Commission. He is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Ocean Park Corporation, a Council Member of the City University of Hong Kong, a non-official member of the Commission on Poverty, a non-official member of the Commission on Strategic Development, and a member of the Financial Infrastructure Sub-Committee of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee. He is awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star (GBS) for his meritorious public and community service in 2017.
Mr. Lau holds LLB, LLM, and PhD degrees from King’s College London and the London School of Economics, University of London. He is also a registered attorney in the State of New York and a CFA Charterholder. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Harvard Law School since 2014.
Professor Christine Loh, SBS, JP, OBE, Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, is Chief Development Strategist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She was Under Secretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government (2012-17) and a Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (1992-97 and 1998-2000). Loh has been active in public policy and politics since the 1980s. She founded and was the CEO of the non-profit think tank, Civic Exchange (2000-12), and helped to establish several non-profit organizations in Hong Kong related to the environment, equal opportunity, arts and culture, as well as human rights.
Professor Loh is currently a board member of the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation, board member of CDP Worldwide, and an Advisor to the WYNG Master Award in photography. She is a published author of many academic and popular works. Her expertise in environmental policy is well-known, including advising the World Health Organization and International Energy Agency on issues relating to air pollution and public health. Loh is a lawyer by training, and a commodities trader by profession. She received her legal training in England, and received honorary degrees of Doctor of Law from the University of Hull and Doctor of Science from the University of Exeter.
Ray Madoff is a Professor at Boston College Law School where she teaches and writes in the areas of philanthropy policy, taxes, property and estate planning. Professor Madoff is the Co-founder and Director of the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good, a non-partisan think tank that convenes scholars and practitioners to explore questions regarding whether the rules governing the charitable sector best serve the public good.
Professor Madoff is the author of: Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead (Yale), which looks at how American law treats the interests of the dead and what this tells us about our values for the living. The Financial Times called it “a sparkling polemic”. Professor Madoff is also the lead author on one of the top treatises on estate planning: Practical Guide to Estate Planning (CCH) (published annually since 2001) and has written numerous articles and chapters.
Professor Madoff has testified before the United States Congress on matters of tax policy. She has appeared on dozens of national radio and television shows and is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the New York Times. She has also published in the Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe and Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Professor Madoff is a member of the American Law Institute, an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel and past president of the American Association of Law School’s Trusts and Estates Section. She was named a 2014 Top Women of the Law by Mass Lawyer’s Weekly, the 2015 Philanthropy Critic of the Year by Inside Philanthropy and the 2017 Non-Profit Times Power & Influence Top 50.
Rip Rapson is president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, a $3.5 billion private, national foundation dedicated to expanding opportunities for low-income people living in America’s cities, including Kresge’s hometown of Detroit. Since 2006, he has expanded the foundation’s grantmaking and investing tools to improve the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions of city life across the nation. In 2016, the foundation made grant and investment commitments totaling more than $150 million.
He previously served as president of the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, where he led early childhood development efforts, created a regional public-private-philanthropic economic development organization, and enhanced environmental protections along the Mississippi River. He earlier served as the deputy mayor of Minneapolis, with responsibility for designing a $400 million Neighborhood Revitalization Program, revamping the municipal budgeting process, and elevating the city’s commitment to children and families.
Robert Rosen is the director of Philanthropic Partnerships. In this role Robert leads a team that oversees the foundation’s relationship with philanthropists and charitable organizations across the globe. Previously Rosen served as Director of the foundation’s Executive Office and in various roles in Communications.
Before joining the foundation in 2007, Rosen served as Senior Director of the Corporate Finance Practice of the Corporate Executive Board, the international business strategy and research firm. Previously he served as Political Director for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and in the White House as Assistant to the President and Director of Advance for President Clinton.
Rosen received a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont.
Tracy Pun Palandjian is CEO and Co-Founder of Social Finance, a nonprofit dedicated to reimagining the role of capital markets to drive social progress. After a career at McKinsey, Wellington and the Parthenon Group, Tracy co-founded Social Finance in 2011 to develop innovative financing mechanisms to deliver measurable results for communities. The firm pioneered the Social Impact Bond, an innovative public-private partnership that harnesses data and evidence, and enlists private capital to reorient public spending toward outcomes. Over 100 projects in 24 countries have addressed pressing social issues in education, health, workforce development and more.
Tracy is a frequent speaker and writer on impact investing, social innovation and results-oriented policy making. She is co-author of Investing for Impact: Case Studies Across Asset Classes. She is vice chair of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance to the Global Impact Investment Steering Group. She is a trustee at the Surdna Foundation (where she chairs the Investment Committee), and a Director of Affiliated Managers Group (NYSE: AMG). She also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advisory Council. A former Vice Chair of the Harvard Board of Overseers, Tracy continues to serve on several Standing and Visiting Committees at Harvard University.
A native of Hong Kong, she graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. magna cum laude in Economics, and holds an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.
Michael Sandel teaches political philosophy at Harvard University. His writings—on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets–have been translated into 27 languages. His course “Justice” is the first Harvard course to be made freely available online and on television. It has been viewed by tens of millions of people around the world, including in China, where Sandel was named the “most influential foreign figure of the year.” (China Newsweek)
Sandel’s books relate enduring themes of political philosophy to the most vexing moral and civic questions of our time. They include What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets; Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?; The Case against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering; Public Philosophy: Essays on Morality in Politics; Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy; and Liberalism and the Limits of Justice.
Sandel has been a visiting professor at the Sorbonne, and delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Oxford, the BBC’s Reith Lectures, and the Kellogg Lecture on Jurisprudence at the U.S. Library of Congress. In 2016, East China Normal University (Shanghai) convened an international conference to explore points of contact between Sandel’s work and the Confucian tradition.
Sandel has sought to extend the reach of philosophy beyond the academy. His BBC Radio 4 series “The Public Philosopher” explores the philosophical ideas lying behind the headlines with audiences around the world; one program, a discussion of violence against women, was recorded in India, following a notorious rape incident in New Delhi. Another took place in Britain’s Palace of Westminster, where Sandel led a debate about democracy with members of Parliament and the public. In Brazil, he recently led a debate on corruption and the ethics of everyday life that reached an audience of 19 million on Globo TV. In Japan, his series on ethics for NHK, Japan’s national television network, convened students from China, Japan, and South Korea to discuss whether moral responsibility for historic wrongs extends across generations.
Sandel has been a pioneer in the use of new technology to promote global public discourse. In a new BBC series, “The Global Philosopher,” Sandel leads video-linked discussions with participants from over 30 countries on the ethical aspects of issues such as immigration and climate change.
In the U.S., Sandel has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of Brandeis University, he received his doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Sandel’s global lectures have taken him across five continents and packed venues such as St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), the Sydney Opera House (Australia), the Public Theater in New York’s Central Park, and an outdoor stadium in Seoul (S. Korea), where 14,000 people came to hear him speak.
Bradford Smith is the president of Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers—a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector, together with research, education and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy. Before joining Foundation Center in 2008, Smith was president of the Oak Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, a major family foundation with programs and grant activities in 41 countries. With the Ford Foundation, he worked as representative in Brazil before becoming vice president in the New York headquarters, responsible for the global Peace and Social Justice Program. During his 10-year tenure as vice president, the program provided hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations working on the issues of human rights, international cooperation, governance, and civil society, while supervising field operations on three continents and overseeing the creation of TrustAfrica.
Smith serves on the board of directors of the Tinker Foundation and the advisory board of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security.
Matthew Spacie set-up Magic Bus to empower children and youth in India using activity- and sports-based approaches. Since 1999, Spacie has grown the NGO from an informal, volunteer-led activity for disadvantaged children, into a leading organization that mentors over 400,000 children across the country. The Magic Bus programme uses a 7 year format, taking an individual in at the age of 12 through a journey from childhood to livelihood.
Formerly Chief Operating Officer of Cox and Kings and Founder of Cleartrip.com, Spacie comes with an extensive experience in senior positions in the corporate sector. He has been elected an Ashoka Fellow, a TED Fellow and more recently won the Business Standard Social Entrepreneur of the year in March 2018. In 2007, he was awarded an MBE for services to children to the Commonwealth.
Wang Ming, Dean of Institute for Philanthropy Tsinghua University, Professor of Public Management at Tsinghua University and also Director of the NGO Research Center in Tsinghua University, and Chief Editor of the China Nonprofit Review. He is the national member of CPPCC. He has written a dozen books, part of them was published by English and Japanese, including the Emerging Civil Society in China, 1978-2007, it has been published by Brill Press in Boston, and the NPOs in China, which was published by the First Press in Tokyo 2002. His research works mainly focus on NGOs’ development and innovation in china. He won the Academic Prize of 2017 Fukuoka Prize.
Stephen Wong received a B.A. Degree in Economics from the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.A. Degree in East Asian Studies (Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies) from Yale University. Since then, he worked for a number of global financial institutions, including as an Executive Director in UBS (London) and a Managing Director at RBS. Mr. Wong joined Our Hong Kong Foundation as Senior Consultant in May 2015, and was appointed Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy in November of the same year. He is now Deputy Executive Director and Head of Public Policy Institute.
Mr. Wong’s public service includes various advisory roles appointed by the Hong Kong Government, including Committee Member of the Financial Services Development Council, Sub-committee Co-opt Member of the Sustainable Development Council, and Member of Investment Committee of the Beat Drugs Fund. Mr Wong is also active in community service. He is Chairman of the Clean Air Network and Vice Chairman of the Budget and Allocation Committee of the Community Chest. Mr. Wong is also a part-time Lecturer at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for the Master of Social Science in Global Political Economy, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University SPACE for the Institute for China Business.
Xu Yongguang is the Chairman of the Narada Foundation, the Vice President of the China Charity Alliance, State Department counselor researcher and the Honorary Chairman of the Chinese Charity Federation. He was a member of the Ninth and Tenth National Committees of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Mr. Xu founded the China Youth Development Foundation after he resigned from head of the Organization Department under the Central Committee of the China Communist Youth League in 1988. The Project Hope founded by him has been developed and recognized as the most influential philanthropic brand in China. In 2007, he co-founded the Narada Foundation with a mission to foster civil society and promote the development and social innovation of the philanthropy sector.
Mr. Xu is a renowned thinker and practitioner in the field of civil society organisation operation and research with over 25 years experience and tremendous contribution to the civil society sector. He is the Chief Editor of two renowned books on that area: China’s Third Sector Study Series and Inquiry of the world—Project Hope in Xu Yongguang’s eyes. In recent years, he has been endeavored to push for structural reform of China’s philanthropy sector and shape a modern philanthropic culture. He initiated and co-founded the China Foundation Center which has made significant progress in promoting transparency and credibility of foundations in China.
Marjorie Yang is the Chairman of Esquel Group, a leading Hong Kong-based textile and apparel manufacturer with operations throughout the world.
Ms. Yang serves as Deputy Chairman of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC), with the purpose of providing advice to the Mayor of Seoul. In Hong Kong, she is the representative on the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and a member of Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development. She served as a Member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference from 2003 to 2018.
Ms. Yang is dedicated to promoting education, innovative technologies and sustainable development. She is the Co-Chairman of the advisory board of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of CoolThink@JC, organized by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, and member of the Advisory Council of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED)
She also serves as a member of various advisory boards including Harvard University, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Tsinghua University’s School of Economics & Management and Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University. She had been the Chairman of the Council of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for six years until 2015.
Ms. Yang is an Independent Non-executive Director for The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.
Ms. Yang has a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Apart from managing Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection, Lynn Yau conceptualises, produces and maintains a steady teaching schedule from primary to postgraduate level in arts and cross-disciplinary sectors.
Having grown up in the local school system, she realised that teaching and engagement in learning should neither be linear nor a case of one-size-fits. She became highly aware that the arts have powerful potential to capture many different imaginations for personal growth and transformation, thereby driving an Arts for Change agenda in the past decade at AFTEC.
An avid speaker on the arts & education, she has been invited regularly by diverse jurisdictions including Hong Kong, London, Brisbane, Penang, Venice and most recently by the Education Bureau in Kaohsiung (Taiwan) at the 2018 International Education Forum and Workshop for arts education practitioners.
She has constantly been involved in the arts community in various advisory, board and consultant capacities as well as being a guest artist with local performing companies in theatre and music.
She was recently appointed an Honorary Tutor to the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong for the Medical Humanities (Performance Arts) module.
Starting from 1999, Zhang Jianyu has been working with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a leading US environmental NGO and advocacy group, which focuses on the use of market based instruments (MBIs) in solving environmental problems in China.
Mr. Zhang helped found and manage the first professional Joint Venture environmental consulting firm ERM China established in the People’s Republic of China. He served as China project manager for U.S. Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) implementing a Clean Production project on behalf of USEPA.
Mr. Zhang is an executive board director of China Association for International NGO Cooperation (CANGO). He is a Fellow of the second class of the China Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He has served as board directors of China-based publicly traded companies and advisory board members of Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Zhang is a visiting fellow at the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University. He is a member of the Lead Expert Group (LEG) for China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), the renowned expert body advising the Chinese government on environment and sustainability issues.
Zhang got his advanced degrees from Tsinghua University, Stanford University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He recently completed his PhD studies in Finance from the Chinese Academy of Social Science.
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